Charter propositions go to the ballot box on Nov. 11
Voters will have the say on four propositions to amend the St. Mary Parish Home Rule Charter in an election on Nov. 11.
Members of the parish council approved the fourth of the amendments but rejected a fifth Wednesday during their regular meeting in Franklin. Three other amendments were adopted by ordinance in February.
While two of the amendments would increase council member and parish president pay, the amendment to deduct pay after missing more than three meetings in a calendar year failed on a tie vote with one absent. Charter amendment ordinances require adoption with a two-thirds vote. Voting for were David Hanagriff, Glen Hidalgo, Tim Tregle, Sterling Fryou and Kevin Voisin. Opposed were Ken Singleton, Logan Fromenthal, Albert Foulcard, Steve Bierhorst and Lionel “Butch” Metz. Charles Middleton was absent.
The other ordinance up for consideration Wednesday that passed unanimously would extend parish president term limits from two four-year terms to three terms.
An ordinance already adopted and also on the November ballot would extend council member term limits to three terms in any single member or at-large seat. Current term limits are set at two, but do not restrict council members from serving two terms in either a single-member seat or at-large seat followed by two terms in the other.
Under the compensation amendments, pay for single-member representatives would increase from $450 per month to $750; at-large pay from $800 per month to $1,100; and parish president pay from $12,000 per year to $36,000.
If approved by voters, parish President Paul Naquin said he and several council members also facing term limits would be able to seek a third term in 2015 elections.
In other business Wednesday the council:
—Introduced an ordinance granting a specific use permit to Coastal RV LLC for a 96-lot RV park with bath house and office at 2801 Lake Palourde Road in Amelia.
—Passed resolutions on agreements with Southern Constructors LLC on repairs and improvements to Russo and Marcel boat landings; with Gray Construction on the Patterson sewer improvements project; and with Byron E. Talbot Contractors on pavement reconstruction to the administration area at the Harold J. “Babe” Landry Landfill.
—Passed resolutions requesting the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to construct on and off ramps on U.S. 90 at Willow Street in Franklin; approving the issuance of $3 million in bonds by St. Mary Parish Water and Sewer Commission 4; congratulating the Centerville Biddy Basketball 11- and 12-year-old All-Star Team for placing first in the International 2A Division Championship; and proclaiming April as Fair Housing Month.
—Upheld a Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation to deny a change of zoning request from single family residential to highway commercial at 19457 and 19437 La. 182 in Sorrell. The zoning change requested by Alan and Ruth Landry to open a general retail store was opposed by area residents.
—Approved transfer of $16,292 from the gaming fund to the City of Morgan City to purchase equipment for a recreational skate park; and $5,453.56 from Wards 5 and 8 three-tenths sales tax collections to the Patterson Volunteer Fire Department for equipment purchase.